Dr. Thaddaeus Bourne, baritone, joins the University of Florida faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice. His previous appointments include Troy University, Butler University, Earlham College, and the University of Connecticut. An accomplished flutist, Dr. Bourne completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in flute performance, embarking on his DMA in voice after training as a singer to improve his breath support.
He currently maintains an active performing schedule, having sung over forty roles in the US and abroad. Dr. Bourne has been praised for his rich baritone (Brooklyn Discovery) his lyrical and touching singing (Parterre Box) and his suave stage presence (Opera News). This season’s appearances include the baritone soloist in Fauré’s Requiem and Bach’s Cantata Wahrlich, wahrlich ich sage euch (Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival), the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Opera in the Heights), as well as recitals and masterclasses with the Shoreline Music Society of Grand Rapids, EIU Concert Series at the National Opera Center, Saginaw Valley State University, Marshall University, the Longy School of Music at Bard College, and the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Other recent performances include Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus (Opera Project Columbus), Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Masterson Ensemble), and Signor Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza (Schwob Opera at CSU). In the 2018-19 Season he performed as Figaro in The Barber of Seville (Raylynmor Opera), Soloist in the Masterson Ensemble's At Dusk concert, bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem (Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival), Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy (Hendricks Symphony), Trouble in Tahiti (Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra), and Dandini in La Cenerentola (Opera MODO). In the summer of 2021 he joins the teaching artists of Broadway for Arts Education in their collaboration with the Shanti-Bhavan Children’s Project in Tamil-Nadu, India.
Dr. Bourne completed graduate degrees in voice at the University of Connecticut with Dr. Constance Rock and Indiana University with Peter Volpe. His dissertation focuses on Zwischen voices and vocal faults that impact voice classification. He has been a presenter at regional and national conferences for the National Opera Association and will present at the national conference for the National Association of Teachers of Singing in the summer of 2022.